Events & News

MEDLI Fall Meeting 2022

The Pandemic’s Impact on Mental Health

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM

Location: Zoom Meeting (Hosted by NCLA)

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant influence on mental health. Much has been extremely detrimental, including a steep rise in mental health diagnoses across all demographics. For example, here on Long Island we have seen reports of rising adolescent depression worsened by the pandemic. However, the pandemic’s impact has also led to a new understanding of mental health, its relationship to physical health, its significance in our society, and the need to offer more practical and transparent solutions.

Presenter: Liat Jarkon, DO, MPH, Associate Professor, NYITCOM

Liat Jarkon is an experienced and respected psychiatrist, graduated from NYITCOM in 1987 and has been in private practice for 30 years. She specializes in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Jarkon trained at Zucker Hillside Hospital and Schneider Children’s Hospital of L.I.J. Hospital (now Northwell Health). She received her M.P.H. from Columbia University prior to medical school.

In 2017, Jarkon joined the NYITCOM faculty, and played an instrumental role in launching the Center for Behavioral Health, which opened in September 2019. Jarkon now serves as the Center’s director.


Sign on: 2.00 PM- 2.10 PM
Speaker: 2.10 PM – 3.00 PM
MEDLI Business Meeting to follow (for MEDLI members only).

Free to all participants.

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

Registration: Click Here.

Please contact Claire Joseph, OR Jeanne Strausman, for any inquiries regarding this event.


MEDLI Spring Meeting 2022


When: Tuesday, June 07, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Zoom Meeting (Hosted by LILRC)

Critical Librarianship is about applying principles of social justice to our work in libraries. Critical Librarianship is rooted in critical theory, which attempts to identify, examine, and disrupt inequitable systems. It begins when we recognize that libraries and library work are not neutral spaces. Libraries and librarians support critical thinking, information literacy, lifelong learning, inclusive and ethical publishing.

Presenter: Samantha Walsh, MLS, MA, Manager of Information & Education Services at the Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will begin her presentation with an introduction to critical librarianship and how to practice it in all libraries. She will then focus on academic and health sciences libraries.

Sign on: 9:30 AM – 10 AM
Speaker: 10 AM – 11 AM
MEDLI Business Meeting to follow (for MEDLI members only): 11 AM -12 PM

Free to all participants.

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

Registration: Click Here.

Please contact Joan Wagner at for any inquiries regarding this event.

REGISTER NOW: MEDLI Winter 2021- 2022 Meeting

Graphic Medicine in Libraries: Beyond the Basics
Thursday, January 27, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoom Meeting (Hosted by LILRC)

Conveying medical information to adults through comics is quickly catching on. Graphic Medicine is a field that explores and supports the interactions between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare. Not only is it being used with patients but also as a teaching tool in academia for future medical professionals. Graphic medicine is a creative way to learn/teach about illness. In this program you will be introduced to and will learn how to use graphic medicine in your library.

Presenter: Ariel Pomputius is Health Sciences Center Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida’s Health Science Center Libraries in Gainesville, FL. She leads a graphic medicine book club for the geriatric clerkship students and teaches courses to undergraduates on dying and women’s health using graphic medicine materials.

Sign on: 9:30 AM – 10 AM
Speaker: 10 AM to 11 AM
MEDLI Business Meeting to follow (for members only): 11 AM -12 AM

Free to all participants.

Registration: Click Here.

Please contact Joan Wagner at for any inquiries regarding this event.

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

Register Now: MEDLI Spring 2021 Meeting

The Healthy Libraries Program (HeLP)


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

9:15 AM- 10:30 AM

Register By Friday May 28th:

Zoom Meeting (Hosted by LILRC) (Instructions will be sent to you when you register.)

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

An inter-professional team addressing the health needs of public library patrons. The Stony Brook Medicine Healthy Libraries Program (HeLP) is an interdisciplinary team of nursing, social work, public health, and library science students whose aim is to provide evidence-based health information, screening, and case management to a diverse community of patrons in a public library setting. Students refer patrons to appropriate local health and social services programs as needed, with the goals of improving overall health and wellness to decrease health disparities.
The program has been in effect since the spring of 2020, and there are currently five partnering libraries in Suffolk County, with many more libraries currently requesting the services of the HeLP team.


HeLP Program Coordinator, Gabriella Pandolfelli will be presenting, along with HeLP interns Meave Gallagher (LIS student), Nicole Malley(LIS) student and Winnie De Los Santos (MPH student).

Sign on starts at 9:15 AM.
Speaker 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
MEDLI Meeting to follow 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

The presentation portion of the program is free and open to all. MEDLI Business Meeting follows the presentation and open to MEDLI Members. To join MEDLI or renew your membership click here.

Please contact us in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make the event accessible to you.

Register Now: 2020 MEDLI Spring Meeting



For many, the library is a safe, non-judgmental space where a patron can explore and acquire new knowledge.  Patrons who are grappling with immediate mental health challenges who visit our libraries may find themselves in need of assistance.  This will be especially true when our libraries reopen and our patrons return.  We may also need to recognize mental health crises being experienced by our colleagues and ourselves as we begin our “new normal.” This program will introduce you to resources and trainings to not only support these patrons in need, but to support you and your library staff so that they can respond appropriately with compassion and care for the patron and themselves. This is a must attend for managers, directors, and librarians working in medical, scientific, or public libraries.

Program Speakers:

  • Denise Driscoll, RN-BC, CARN, PMHCNS-BC, NPP, Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health at Mather Hospital
  • Debra Engelhardt, MLS, Director of Comsewogue Public Library & Adjunct Professor at Palmer School of Library and Information Science
    • Driscoll and Ms. Engelhardt will be presenting their research project entitled To Boldly Go: Operation Mental Health in the Public Library
  • Alexis Rodgers, LMSW, Coordinator for Mental Health Education at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW)
    • Rodgers will discuss the workshops, trainings and support services the MHAW offers to libraries across Long Island.

DATE: Monday, June 8th, 2020

LOCATION: On LILRC Zoom ~ Instructions will be sent to you when you register

TIME: Sign on starts at 9:15 AM

  • Speakers Program from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM ~ 1.5 Professional Development Hours earned by all attendees
  •  MEDLI Meeting to follow 11:00 AM to Noon

We will open up the meeting to allow discussion among the attendees about their own mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and their concerns and ideas about our future reopening experiences.



           Thanks to the generosity of our outstanding co-sponsors, the Long Island Library Resource Council (LILRC) and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, this program is free to all attendees! Please let us know in advance if you will need an accommodation that will make the event accessible to you. We encourage everyone who attends to become MEDLI members for the low annual membership fee of $15.00.  Learn more about MEDLI here:

Register Now: 2019 MEDLI Fall Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2019 MEDLI Fall Meeting!  Don’t wait, register today!

Back To Our Beginnings: Fall Networking Event

Medical and Scientific Libraries of Long Island (MEDLI) was founded in 1960. Although its stated purpose was to be a lending consortium, it developed into a group of members who collaborate, celebrate, and at times, commiserate with one another. This fall, we’re revisiting our origins to learn from one another. Join us for this special event to meet new and established medical and scientific librarians and public librarians who provide health information educational programming. Come away with a new idea and a new friend!

Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 2019

Gathering at Fireplace
~ 9 AM to 10 AM
Networking Roundtable
~ 10 AM to 11 AM
Business Meeting
~ 11 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: West Islip Library, 3 Higbie Lane West Islip, NY 11795


Register Now for the 2019 MEDLI Spring Meeting!

Registration is now open for the 2019 MEDLI Spring Meeting!  Don’t wait, register today!

The Evidence About Vaccination: Information & Knowledge for the Librarian

Interested in learning more about the evidence concerning vaccinations and how to assist your library users who are looking for reliable information on this topic? This is the presentation for you! Topics to be covered include:
 An overview of the spectrum of vaccines in both pediatric and adult medicine
 An evidence-based discussion of the validity of vaccine safety
 Valid and reliable resources for clinicians and for the public
 A short business meeting will follow.

: Dr. Janice T. John is a pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. John co-directs clinical skills, teaches communication and physical diagnosis and serves as a facilitator for PEARLS (Patient-Centered Explorations in Active Reasoning, Learning, and Synthesis). Prior to joining the Zucker faculty, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor and the director of the Keeping Families Healthy program at Stony Brook. Dr. John’s research and publications focus on patient safety and public health interventions that support families.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, N.Y.

Speaker: Dr. Janice T. John, DO, MS, MPH of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


Register Now: 2018 MEDLI Fall Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 MEDLI Fall Meeting!  Don’t wait, register today!

Copyright Skills as Risk Management Tools: The Librarian’s Role
There are many misunderstandings about the complexities of copyright in the digital age and many opportunities to self-publish, use social media, employ multimedia resources, exploit licensed resources, etc. This course will explore the vital role librarians with basic copyright skills can play in minimizing the organization’s exposure to liability.

: Barbara C. Ingrassia, MLS, AHIP, CCM, Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker and Trainer, President of Manage Copyright
Date/Time: Friday, December 7, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Merrick Library, 227 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566

Earn 3 MLA CEU’s, MEDLI business meeting to follow



Register Now for the 2018 MEDLI Spring Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 MEDLI Spring Meeting!

Evidence-Based Concussion Management
The presentation will be covering the signs and symptoms of concussion, diagnostic measures, treatment and long term consequences. A short business meeting will follow.


  • Dr. Halley Zwibel, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Director of Center for Sports Medicine, New York Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Adena Leder, Assistant Professor in Clinical Sciences and Director of Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center, New York Institute of Technology.

    Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm

    New York Institute of Technology, Serota Building, Conference Room C, Northern Blvd, Old Westbury, NY



2018 Spring Meeting
June 14th at 10am
New York Institute of Technology

The 2018 Spring MEDLI Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 14th at New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury. The speaker will be Hallie Zwibel, Assistant Professor and Director of Sports Medicine at NYIT/COM. His talk will be on concussions.

More to follow in the coming months, but be sure to save the date now!

About the Presenter:

Hallie Zwibel specializes in family practice. He is the team physician for NYIT as well as the director of its Center for Sports Medicine. Zwibel earned his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in 2007. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 and completed his residency in family practice at North Shore-LIJ Plainview Hospital in 2014. During his residency, Zwibel completed the Training in Policy Studies and Physician Leadership Institute fellowships.